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Castletown Heritage Society operates the Castlehill Heritage Centre as an educational resource for visitors, local students and school children and the local community. Through a programme of interpretive exhibitions and interactive workshops, we seek to stimulate and sustain interest in and understanding of the history, heritage, vernacular skills, biodiversity and physical environment of Castletown and the parish of Olrig. Our aim is to preserve and maintain the unique heritage of our community within both local Caithness and broader Highland contexts.

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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2019

All events take place in Castlehill Heritage Centre unless otherwise stated

Event detail colour key - those highlighted in GREEN are confirmed, those in GREY are yet to be confirmed

(Completed 2019 events in BLUE at bottom of listing)

REGULAR EVENTS

Open from 2pm to 4pm every Wed, Sat and Sun afternoon

Exhibition - Pastimes from Past Times

The theme for the latest exhibition is 'Pastimes from Past Times' and explores how local people spent their leisure hours in times gone by. From sport to music, handicrafts, and everything in between, the exhibition features articles, photographs and artefacts from recent times to a bygone age.

Monday evenings

7 - 9pm

Castlehill Artists

Our very popular painting workshop with Helen Moore.

Sessions run from 7pm - 9pm on Monday evenings at a cost of £8 per evening plus materials. Juniors and OAPs £5. Beginners are especially welcome

To find out more and register interest, click HERE

FORTHCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Tue 12 Feb

7pm

The Life and Times of Frances Purves

The first in our traditional series of Winter Talks gets underway on Tuesday 12 February.

From Castletown lass to Australian pioneer - Muriel Murray will reveal the fascinating story of the life and times of Frances Purves from Thurdistoft.

Tue 26 Mar

7pm

Escape and Evade

An evening talk by F/Lt Don Mason RAF RV(Ret) BEM entitled Evade and Escape. Don Mason is a WWII veteran who took part in the war as a pilot and radio observer, racking up almost 5,000 flying hours in operations over Europe. Ninety-seven year old Don has a fascinating story to tell about an operatives duty to evade capture, and then escape if the worst happened. He will focus in particular on the escape lines developed from Belgium through Spain and across the Pyrenees. Not to be missed!

Tue 23 Apr

7pm

The Caithness Broch Project

Our third talk will be on Tuesday 23rd April as part of our AGM and will be given by Kenneth McElroy on the Caithness Broch Project, which aims to construct a replica Broch structure to help interpret the county's rich Iron Age history. More details to follow.

Tuesday 23 April

7.30pm

Castletown Heritage Society AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Castletown Heritage Society will be held in Castlehill Heritage Centre on Tuesday 23 April at 7.30pm.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Kenneth McElroy who will talk about the Caithness Broch Project, which aims to build a replica Broch structure to promote the county's rich Iron Age history.

All members, friends and associates welcome.

Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served.

Date TBC

Smithing/Metalworking workshop

Learn the craft of metal working using traditional skills. Hands-on, full day workshop. Following the popularity of the two smithing workshops held in 2018 we propose to hold an advanced workshop for more experienced practitioners - watch this space for further details.

To find out more and register interest in attending this workshop please click HERE.

Date TBC

Millinery workshop

Hands-on workshop on the design and production of hats and headwear, with a focus on local vernacular skills. If you want to get ahead - watch this space for further details!

To find out more and register interest in attending this workshop please click HERE.

Date TBC

Pottery workshop

Following the highly successful pottery workshops held last year a further series of hands-on traditional skills pottery workshops will be held in 2019.

These highly popular workshops are quickly fully booked - to find out more and register interest please click HERE. If sufficient interest is shown we may organise a further workshop for those new to pottery later in the year.

Sunday

4, 11, 18, 25

August

2pm - 4pm

Cream Teas at Castlehill

Returning by popular demand, on every Sunday in August we will be serving Cream Teas at Castlehill.

Delicious home made scones and cakes. Guaranteed to get the taste buds dancing!

A perfect way to complement a Sunday afternoon stroll round the Flagstone trail or a meander round the amazing Heritage Garden.

Summer exhibition

Dates TBC

Flagstone Exhibition

Our very popular summer exhibition returns, featuring themed displays of artefacts, photographs and stories exploring the fascinating industrial and social history of the Flagstone Industry in Caithness.

 

Thursday 26 December

2pm to 4pm

Boxing Day Mulled Wine & Mince Pies

Join us at Castlehill Heritage Centre for mulled wine, mince-meat pies and a good going chinwag on our traditional festive Boxing Day opening.

Always a popular event!

COMPLETED 2019 EVENTS

Watch this space for confirmed dates and further details, alternatively:

CONTACT US by email or phone 01847 821120

To book a place on an event, email or phone as above

Please ensure you make it clear which event you wish to book!